The Nursing Code Of Ethics Essay

1319 Words Dec 1st, 2015 null Page
An occupation is generally defined as a specific job that an individual holds. A profession, however, is defined as a type of job that is primarily in one field of work that requires special education, training, or skill. To be considered a profession, there are several necessary criteria that are crucial: must be responsible and accountable to the public for one’s own work and actions, be based on a specialized body of knowledge, be bound by a code of ethics, provide a service to the public, and must be self-regulating (Northrup, Tschanz, Olynyk, Makaroff, Szabo & Biasio, 2014, pp. 56). Nursing then, by these criteria, is not just an occupation, but a profession. Nurses are responsible and accountable to the public for their own actions. As stated in provision four of the Nursing Code of Ethics which will be discussed later in greater detail, “the nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum care,” ( American Nurses Association, 2001, pp.156). They also embody the definition of professionalism in their appearance and behaviors. Clean, non-wrinkled scrubs, hair pulled up and away from the face, and well-kept hygiene as well as non-odorous perfumes or sprays with minimal and subtle make-up are taken into the responsibility of the nurses. These precautions allow them to provide a clean, professional appearance for the patients while also…

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